InfoWars, a self-described independent news site known for embracing conspiracy theories that include “9-11 Was an Inside Job”, “Sandy Hook was a Hoax”, and “Pizzagate is Real”, is upping the game in its never-ending battle with mainstream media, claiming that in a “red level emergency” the mainstream media is attempting to label legitimate news sources as fake news, which would allow for a government-led shutdown of Infowars.com and other news sites.
Going on the counteroffensive, InfoWars ran an article on Thursday that was strongly critical of MSNBC’s Brian Williams, who reported on Wednesday on the growing menace of fake news. InfoWars’ criticism centered around Williams’ own issues with news accuracy in the past, having lost his job with NBC Nightly News due to inaccurate stories he told about being embedded with U.S. troops in the 2003 Iraq War.
InfoWars states, “Williams, who lost his position as NBC anchor in 2015 after lying about being under RPG fire while in a helicopter during the Iraq war, warned viewers of the ‘growing and booming’ business of fabricated content.”
In a four-minute video posted with the article, InfoWars’ Paul Joseph Watson turned up the heat, stating, “Having lost the election, and lost the argument, the butt-hurt left and the rigged media is desperate to salvage some scrap of credibility, so they’ve decided to create a new panic over so-called fake news”.
Watson goes on to cite numerous perceived examples of the mainstream media’s attack on independent media. The first example he cites is that the mainstream media is circulating a blacklist of fake news sites. And that the list includes InfoWars and Breitbart.
“When they say fake news,” Watson explains, “that includes any reporting or opinion that contradicts their leftist narrative.”
According to Watson, the media is demanding that Google and Facebook censor the sites on the blacklist, even though the blacklist does not come from an unbiased, impartial source. The video implies that the blacklist was actually created by Melissa Zimdars, who, Watson explains, is a “radical, safe-space, social-justice-warrior-assistant-professor” who describes herself as “a feminist-activist” and supports “extreme left-wing groups like Black Lives Matter and Occupy Wall Street”.
The blacklist, Watson claims, comes on the heels of Twitter “mass-purging so-called alt-right accounts for daring to express their opinions”. He says the media is also promoting a Chrome browser extension that automatically flags fake news websites based on the same blacklist.
“Who gave the mainstream media the right to be judge, jury, and executioner of what constitutes fake news?” Watson asks. “All you do is put out fake news. You’re the aficionados of fake news.”
He goes on to relay a list of specific missteps by the media that support his claims. “You put out the fake news that Hillary Clinton was 98% likely to win the presidency,” he says. “You printed out and shipped copies of Newsweek celebrating Madame President. You said that the Cubs had a smaller chance of winning than Donald Trump. You put out fake rigged polls that were proven spectacularly wrong. You fake interviews with your own cameramen, claiming that they are anti-Trump protesters. You create fake narratives like Trump being responsible for violence at his own rallies when it was DNC-funded agitators all along.”
“By this measure, Watson claims, “nearly every major mainstream media outlet should be put on a fake news list”.
Here he changes course a bit, seemingly defending fake news, as long as it doesn’t come from the mainstream media. Watson states, “When some fake news site puts out a fake news story, the worst case scenario is that someone makes some ill-gotten advertising dollars. When the mainstream media peddles fake news, like the fake news story that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction, hundreds of thousands of people died!”
Here he gets very animated. “You’re the f*cking experts at fake news, so how dare you accuse us of being fake news” he asks. “Why the hell should anyone trust you. As Wikileaks exposed, you’re not the fourth estate, you’re a public-relations front for the democratic party. You lost the argument. You trashed your own credibility. And now you’re trying to resurrect it by claiming that everyone who beat you is fake news. No one trusts you. That’s why you have to resort to dirty tricks and censorship. And it’s not going to work. Because you suck. You lied, and everyone knows now that you’re fake news.”
Accurate or not, he certainly has a lot to say. Here is the video if you’d like to see for yourself.